I came across this article by John Stosel today, defining now as the Libertarian era. He says that today’s young(er) people self-identify more as libertarian than any other group. And their numbers are growing:
I’m not optimistic about most people recognizing liberty’s benefits. Old politicians—and old voters collecting Social Security—may never change their minds. But libertarianism is growing fastest among the young, and groups like Students for Liberty give me hope. These young people certainly know more about liberty than I did at their age.
And he quotes the articulate and always-engaging Matt Welch of Reason Magazine:
“Poll after poll show you that Americans are much more fiscally conservative than their elected representatives,” says Welch. “A majority of Americans thinks that we should balance the budget. Seventy-five percent think that we should not raise the debt ceiling … Growing majorities—especially young people—are more socially tolerant. They think that we should legalize marijuana … they’re in favor of gay marriage.”
Younger people – which I suppose you can define as those of us who can claim to be ‘Generation Y’ – are enjoying much more decentralised, hyphenated lives: the like of which our parents and their parents have never known. It makes sense that young people are linking their way of life with their life philosophy, and maybe – just maybe – their brand of politics moving forward.